If you haven’t been to your local Dollar Tree lately you may be surprised at how good the craft section has become! Let me also say I am in no way affiliated with the Dollar Tree but am all about creating great style for an even better price! When I walked in the other day and spotted this sugar skull I knew it would be a great DIY and the total price comes in under $15! Please read on for Day of the Dead mesh wreath DIY from Dollar Tree finds!
*Please note in the photo above I ended up deciding that I didn’t need the smaller ribbon for this craft so that will be for another project. Also here I showed metallic pipe-cleaners but ended up using white and pink ones I had also purchased at Dollar Tree. The colors matched better.
What you will need:
- Wire Wreath form
- Sugar Skull Cutout
- Pipe Cleaners (white and pink if possible)
- Mesh Ribbon (2 in pink, 1 white, 1 light blue, 1 dark blue)
- Flowers (pink, yellow and blue)
- Gold rope decor
You will also need on hand a glue gun and scissors.
Let’s get started:
The first thing you will do is take your pipe cleaners and wrap them around your wreath form as shown. On each small section, you should have a pipe cleaner on the outer wire and the third wire from the outside.
Next, you will attach your ribbon by first starting with the outer ring and gather it into the pipe cleaners. Twist the pipe cleaners around the mesh a few times to secure. Continue around your wreath leaving enough mesh in between each group to create the desired look. When done with the first row continue the same process on the inner piper cleaners.
When done with both rows twist the pipe cleaners around to the back of the wreath and cut off the excess. These pieces if long enough can be used later in the process.
First steps down! Now for the next!
Now you will cut your dark blue, light blue, white and pink mesh into approximately 4-inch strips. I cut up several beforehand to speed up the process and then cut more later when I see where I need to fill in.
Take your cut pieces and loosely roll them like so.
For this look, I rolled the light blue ribbon and the white ribbon then attached them together with a white pipe cleaner. The pink and the dark blue ribbon were then rolled and attached in a different grouping with pink pipe cleaner (use the remnants you previously cut if long enough). When finished the pipe cleaner needs to be long enough to twist onto the wreath.
When you attached your ribbon, in the beginning, it was on the outer wire and the third wire from the outside. Now with these ribbon groupings, you will attach them on the second to the outside and inner ring. (Refer to the arrows above). Here you can add as many or as few groupings as you would like. I prefer to have my wreath very full. I added about 15 groupings to the second to the outside ring. About 12 were placed on the inner ring.
Create a pattern by using light blue/white groupings then dark blue/pink groupings every other one. That will keep your colors equally spaced out.
Just to bring in a bit of the gold color from the sugar skull I decided to use this rope. It was attached with pipe cleaner around the second to the outside ring as well. I left a bit of length when attaching each section to create a scallop style like seen below:
You still with me? We are almost done!
Now to attach the sugar skull. I placed it in the center and then moved it down just about an inch. That way when the flowers are attached and add height your skull will still look centered. Glue it down onto your mesh.
*Tip-you may want to use gloves for this step. If you have never glued anything to mesh ribbon before the glue seeps through the holes of the ribbon. This makes the likelihood of you being burned at some point about 90%. I purchased a pair of gardening gloves at Dollar Tree last year and they have served this purpose wonderfully. The gloves with the textured bumps on the fingertips provide extra protection from the heat.
Next, you will need flowers. In order to get these three colors, I purchased three separate bouquets but if you can find a multi color bouquet then even better!
Hot glue these onto the top edge of the skull and the mesh ribbon.
The Day of the Dead sugar skulls are always so festive. And what is more festive than pompoms? Not many things! For this reason, I added pompoms onto the gold rope with hot glue. This just brings in a bit of added texture and visual interest.
The finished product!! Not bad for less than $15 is it?
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! Don’t want the crafty goodness to end? Check out more crafting and decorating tips here!
And if you wish not to make your own wreaths but would rather purchase a ready made one check out Channelling Dolly on Etsy here!